My friend recently shared a touching story about a former high school classmate whose son unexpectedly passed away. His uncle is a famous celebrity singer and his classmate asked his uncle if would be willing to sing at the memorial service. The uncle agreed and desiring to not draw attention to himself, the singer arrived incognito. Only when he began performing did the mourners realize his true identity. It was a classy and memorable way to honor the young man and his family when this celebrity took painstaking steps to divert attention away from himself in order to shine the spotlight upon another.
And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”
Mark 1:40-44 (ESV)
In several recorded instances, after performing a miracle, Jesus Christ urged the recipient of the miracle to not tell anyone. Instead, He directed him to give thanks to God and honor Him. Jesus’ miracles were a sign of His Divinity but He did not want attention to be drawn to the miracles but instead, focus upon the source of the miracles, God. When the time was right, Jesus revealed His true identity to all who would be willing to see and listen. He was executed on the Cross and three days later, God resurrected Him from the dead. Jesus revealed to all Creation that by confessing and repenting of one’s sins and accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, salvation and eternal life would be ours through faith in His Name.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.
John 6:38 (ESV)
Jesus Christ lived a life completely devoted to honoring God, the Father. Like the celebrity who honored his fallen relative, we should seek to divert attention away from ourselves and to those who deserve the honor. We have the perfect example by following Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.